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Will Smith be able to get the crowd on their feet with his athleticism and emotions in Los Angeles?
Emotion is something that J.R. Smith definitely does not lack, and he could be the spark on the Lakers bench, much in the way that Jason Terry is for the Dallas Mavericks.
At 25 years old, and averaging 12 points, four rebounds, two assists, and one steal per game, Smith can answer many of the Lakers problems. He is young, athletic, and exciting. If Shannon Brown leaves, Smith could take his place as the young and exciting player who swings momentum with his dunks and athletic plays.
We have seen sparks of great offense with Smith, who has gone off for over 40 points before, and he could be a legitimate 20-point threat off the bench on any given night.
Smith has a history of bad blood with Kobe Bryant, which may be an issue for chemistry, but as we saw with Matt Barnes, Kobe is willing to bring in a competitor to make the team better. He is a scorer who is fearless and is made much in the mold of a poor man's Kobe Bryant.
One of the best traits that Smith has is his three-point shooting. At 39 percent he can stroke the three ball, and is able to spread the floor. He is a very unique player who gives the Lakers both of the things that they need to address this offseason.
Smith can become a sixth man of the year candidate in Los Angeles, playing alongside someone like Odom and giving the bench another scoring and ball handling threat, as well as opening up the floor with his shooting from downtown.
The main issues with Smith are his asking price and attitude. The Lakers may not be able to afford him or deal with his issues off the court. Without a coach like Phil Jackson, who calmed Ron Artest, will they be able to handle the drama?
I for one believe it is worth the risk. J.R. Smith can lead the Lakers back to the NBA finals if they decide to gamble on signing him.